Published: Feiwel & Friends (April 12, 2011)
Series: Book 1 of 3
Source: I purchased this audiobook.
GoodReads Summary: In Deuce’s world, people earn the right to a name only if they survive their first fifteen years. By that point, each unnamed ‘brat’ has trained into one of three groups–Breeders, Builders, or Hunters, identifiable by the number of scars they bear on their arms. Deuce has wanted to be a Huntress for as long as she can remember.
As a Huntress, her purpose is clear—to brave the dangerous tunnels outside the enclave and bring back meat to feed the group while evading ferocious monsters known as Freaks. She’s worked toward this goal her whole life, and nothing’s going to stop her, not even a beautiful, brooding Hunter named Fade. When the mysterious boy becomes her partner, Deuce’s troubles are just beginning.
Down below, deviation from the rules is punished swiftly and harshly, and Fade doesn’t like following orders. At first Deuce thinks he’s crazy, but as death stalks their sanctuary, and it becomes clear the elders don’t always know best, Deuce wonders if Fade might be telling the truth. Her partner confuses her; she’s never known a boy like him before, as prone to touching her gently as using his knives with feral grace.
As Deuce’s perception shifts, so does the balance in the constant battle for survival. The mindless Freaks, once considered a threat only due to their sheer numbers, show signs of cunning and strategy… but the elders refuse to heed any warnings. Despite imminent disaster, the enclave puts their faith in strictures and sacrifice instead. No matter how she tries, Deuce cannot stem the dark tide that carries her far from the only world she’s ever known.
My Thoughts: Enclave was my first audiobook ever. At first I was like "whoa. It's a book. In my ears." But after awhile, I got used to it. I found that I really enjoyed the fact that I could listen while working, driving, cleaning. If I tried to read a book while doing any of the above, I'd either be:
c) not clean
So audiobooks and me? GOOD MATCH. In fact, audiobooks and ANYONE who is super busy or wants to read while doing life's mundane tasks = good match. I'll step off my "Team Audiobook" soapbox and get to the actual review now.
WOW. This is a journey of a book. The world-building, the plot, the characters. OH, how I loved them all. I could picture oh, so clearly the dismal, bleak environment in which Deuce resided. Can you imagine? Living in a dystopia/apocalyptic (WHAT is the difference, seriously?) society where being 25 is considered on the brink of death? Where mutated humans/cannibals/zombies roamed about looking for fresh meat (aka YOU)? Where you've never seen the sun or the sky, nor do you know what it is? Yep. Me neither.
Deuce is a BAMF. I'd put her up there with the likes of Katniss, Katsa, and Tris. In her world, you're either a breeder (used just for reproduction), a builder, or a hunter. She's a huntress. She doesn't need any guy's help to kick some butt. I love it so much when female characters are strong and capable. Deuce does NOT disappoint. And her chemistry with her partner, Fade, is a slow build, which makes me SO happy. I love that they pretty much despised each other at first, but they just couldn't stop that lovin' feeling.
SUCH an exhilirating story of adventures and fun, scary violence and survival of the fittest. My one complaint? The narrator had a pretty high voice, so when she was feigning male, it made me think he was not so tough. She made Fade sound kind of emo and breathy. Probably the only downfall of audiobooks that I can conjure. There are two more books in this series and you bet your sweet buns that I will get my hands (or ears!) on the continuation of Deuce's story.